Matthew Roebuck

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Friday, 20 February 2015

The four proposed bills to “Protect Nation, Race, and Religion,” have been accused of contravening a number of national and international frameworks, including the constitution of Myanmar, by 180 civil society organisations. 

The organisations including; women’s networks that span the entire country, from multiple ethnic and religious back- grounds; generic pressure groups such as Generation Wave; and special interest lobbies such as the Sagaing Region Farmers Union, publicly released their comments in a January 28 statement. 

Tickets on sale to SEA Games opening extravaganza
Friday, 20 February 2015

Singapore has announced its inten- tion to hold the largest “extravaganza”; its National Stadium has ever seen when it hosts the opening ceremony of the 28th Southeast Asian Games on June 5. About 7,000 athletes from the 11 members of ASEAN are expected to compete in the games that will run until June 16 and coincide with Singapore’s 2015 celebrations of its 50th year as an independent city state.

The Corner Table Review
Friday, 20 February 2015

When the internet took one of its inevitable downtime moments at the Mizzima office in the Pearl Condo we found ourselves on the hunt for a wi-fi connection. More outlets for a coffee or creamy ice drink are opening in the Pearl but almost without exception they are of limited use for those needing to connect with the cyberverse. They tend to lack a reliable signal, space or tranquility.

Pyay: Payas, pilgrims and Pyu civilisation ruins
Friday, 20 February 2015

Unlike the ‘Road to Mandalay’ the ‘Road to Pyay’ or Prome as it was known, is less well travelled by those on the tourist trail. For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Yangon, stupa-studded Pyay – on the Ayeyarwady River about 177 miles (245km) by road from the commercial capital – is big enough for an interesting weekend getaway, yet small enough to make it an easy destination to unwind. 

Monday, 22 December 2014

Thanbyuzayat provides dark memories for the few surviving slave labourers who worked on the last stretch of what became known as the Death Railway, the Japanese Imperial Army’s World War II drive to lay sleepers and rail line to link Myanmar with Thailand during its war campaign.

Now the Mon State government sees tourist potential in Thanbyuzayat, according to U Ye Aung Moe, the director of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism’s office in Mon State.

Migyaungkan land-grab protestors block a gate to Yangon City Hall mid-afternoon on December 12, 2014. Photo: Thet Ko/Mizzima
Sunday, 14 December 2014

A cacophony of opposing singing and load broadcast music accompanied Migyaungkan land-grab protestors

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Myanmar have qualified for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time in the nation’s history after a Than Paing goal